Lesson plans are now available for I WANT A DOG: MY OPINION ESSAY. That may not sound very exciting, but it is! The package includes the full text of the book as a powerpoint presentation, making it simple to project on a whiteboard, smart board or other screens. Printable handouts make the prewriting simple.

I Want a Dog: Book 1, The Read and Write Series. Dennis uses 10 criteria to choose a dog. Lesson plan.From now to December 13, it’s 10% off on the Mims House Teachers Pay Teachers Store. Buy now.

Opinion Essay Lesson Plan Includes Powerpoint

Are you tired of boring opinion essays?

This exciting lesson plan includes the complete book, I WANT A DOG: My Opinion Essay, by Darcy Pattison as a powerpoint, along with printables, lesson plan procedures, suggestions for activity stations, prewriting activities, and mentor text for the opinion essay. Powerpoint presentation is great for use on SmartBoard or WhiteBoard.

STORY: When cousins Dennis and Mellie decide to get a dog, they consider carefully what breed would be best for each family. For example, Dennis wants a big dog, but Mellie wants tiny. He has no other pets, but she has other pets that a dog must get along with. They consider different dog personalities, family situations, and personal preferences. Dennis writes an opinion essay for his teacher, Mrs. Shirky. But will his essay convince his parents to get the dog of his dreams?

This story takes a popular subject—kids getting a pet—and adds dogs of all sizes and shapes: all writing lessons should be this much fun. In the end, it’s cousins and the dogs that keep a reader turning the page. What kind of dog will Dennis choose? Will Mellie want the same kind of dog?

LESSON PLAN: Included are procedures, suggestions for activity stations, discussion, prewriting, computer work and mentor text for the opinion essay.

  • Full powerpoint of the entire book
  • 5 pages of prewriting printables
  • Computer resources to determine the best dog breed for a student’s family
  • Mentor text for students to study


  • “. . .fill(s) a niche for teachers. . .” – School Library Journal 5/1/15
  • “. . .breezy and engaging introduction to genre writing.”
  • “The model essay can be used across multiple genres (informational and narrative nonfiction in addition to opinion).”
  • “. . .useful for teachers showing early elementary students the relevancy, power, and importance of effective writing.” –Booklist 6/17/15
  • VERDICT: A good choice to help the visual learners write narrative essays. School Library Journal, November, 2015

PROCEDURES: Use the powerpoint to read through the book with students. Then follow the Lesson Plan for prewriting activities. Printables help students personalize the topic for their own family situation. The lesson plan points to online sites which help students discover the best breed for their family based on their criteria. After multiple, rich prewriting activities, students are ready to write.

EXTEND: For older or GT students, extend the lesson by doing research on selected breeds, using the criteria developed.

From now to December 13, it’s 10% off on the Mims House Teachers Pay Teachers Store. Buy now.

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